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Deep Creek Conservation Park

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published January 22nd 2015
Deep Creek Conservation Park is a large area on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and the largest area of wildlife habitat remaining in the region. Home to multiple campgrounds, hiking trails, and stunning views. Whether you're an experienced hiker or just looking for family holiday spot, Deep Creek is an area begging to be explored.

There are 5 campgrounds spread throughout the park, each features its own collection of hiking trails and specific benefits. Stringybark campground is best for families who might not be quite as experienced. Not only does the campground feature showers and more amenities, but most of the easiest walking trails stem from around the camp. If you're just hiking through the park you can stay at Eagle Waterhole, a hikers only campground. There are also other accommodation options if you're not looking to camp.

When you get there, make sure you grab a map and information pamphlet from one of the points around the park. Maps can be downloaded from online, but these pamphlets contain extra details about the park and about all the different hikes available.

The trails are divided into easy walks, moderate hikes, and hard hikes. It's important to take your own skill and fitness levels into consideration before taking any of the hikes.

The deep creek waterfall hike from Tent Rock Road is a moderate walk down to a stunning waterfall area. After a hike down to the waterfall you can relax on the rocks and take some time out before attempting the hike back up. For views of the coast, as well as Kangaroo Island and the Pages islands, take the Blowhole Beach - Cobbler Hill Marrano Creek hike.

Kangaroos abound at Deep Creek, but there are also chances to spot echidnas and a variety of birds. At dusk or dawn it's not uncommon to spot kangaroos milling around the campgrounds, and you'll also come across them on many of the hikes.

A lot of the park can be accessed by cars. While you can't drive down to the waterfall, you can drive down to Blowhole Beach and go fishing, or drive to one of the picnic spots.

There are some fees involved when visiting the park. There's a $10 park entry fee, and campground fees range from $13 to $24 per vehicle per night.

Deep Creek is a great chance to get away and see a beautiful part of Australia. While the park is open year round, there are certain restrictions on fires during fire ban days and the park may close during fire emergencies.
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Why? Explore stunning Australian wildlife and walking trails
When: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Phone: 8598 0263
Where: Deep Creek Conservation Park
Cost: $10 park entry fee plus camping fees
Your Comment
is it possible to go swimming at blowhole beach, or at the waterfall?
by shere (score: 0|8) 1542 days ago
Some of the trails are very steep and narrow and care/water/sun protection etc need to be taken.Would never undertake alone.For those that like bushwalking, this will not disappoint.The drives alone are well worth a visit.The views along the coastline are magnificent and the kangaroos allow you to get very close , before hopping away.A full day needs to be allowed to include walking/driving time,if arriving from Adelaide.By the way,you will need to bring some food as well.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1855 days ago
It is one of SA's best walking and hiking parks. So many different and varied things to see and do.
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1855 days ago
Lovely review and Steve is right. This is one of our favourite hiking places too. The large loop provides so many varied challenges and scenery. Highly recommend it to all!
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 1854 days ago
A place I have not yet visited. Thanks for the review and additional comments all.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4145) 1854 days ago
"you can drive down to Blowhole Beach and go fishing"....restricted to 4 wheel drive no reason for it thou except for the deliberately placed rocks we used to take HQ's down there in the 80's. Traction can be a problem due to gradient.
by makka (score: 1|35) 1854 days ago
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